Tributes pour in for Joe Kanyona

2016-06-21 06:00
 Joe Kanyona.

Joe Kanyona.

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A year after doorman Joe Kanyona was killed on Long Street, a series of tributes will be held by his place of employment.

Beerhouse, at which Kanyona worked, will be hosting fundraising events from the anniversary of his death (Monday 20 June), to Monday 27 June. All proceeds will go to assisting his family.

On Monday, Beerhouse donated all the day’s revenues without any deductions for stock or operating cost to the Joe’s Legacy Fund.

The rest of this week, Beerhouse will offer a ‘Pint for a Purpose’ tap. They will tap beer sponsored by Drifter, Atlantic Storm, Jack Black and Apollo breweries who have donated kegs of beer to the cause. All proceeds from the sale of these beers will go towards Joe’s Legacy Project fund.

“Words cannot express how grateful we are at the outpouring of support that Joe’s family has received to date from the Western Cape and further afield. Joe had a tremendous impact on the Beerhouse family and Long Street when he was alive. His memory and our customer’s support are seared in our hearts and will never be forgotten. It is our hope that we will be able to help secure a bright future for Joe’s daughter,” says Beerhouse owner Randolf Jorberg.

“Joe was killed while on duty, protecting us, as he always did. We are committed to looking after his legacy and exercise this commitment by supporting his only child, his beloved daughter, who was only four months old when her father passed away.”

Beerhouse held a fundraiser for Kanyona’s family shortly after the murder and recently announced that his daughter had been awarded a full scholarship by the Cape Town French School. This will cover from preschool to Matric.

“Due to her combined heritage of both Xhosa and Congolese parents, she is a perfect fit for the bursary. We have no doubt this bursary, funded by the French School, will give her the otherwise impossible opportunity to shine academically and realise her potential, so critically hampered by the tragic loss of her father,” the school says in a statement.

Following the murder, the Long Street Association was established to address safety issues and employs up to 10 law enforcement officers and security patrols. The trial of the three accused of Kanyona’s murder will resume again on Wednesday 22 June after a postponement.

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